Another fine MeSH: clinical medicine meets information science

Citation
A. O'Rourke et al., Another fine MeSH: clinical medicine meets information science, J INF SCI, 25(4), 1999, pp. 275-281
Citations number
22
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Library & Information Science
Journal title
JOURNAL OF INFORMATION SCIENCE
ISSN journal
0165-5515 → ACNP
Volume
25
Issue
4
Year of publication
1999
Pages
275 - 281
Database
ISI
SICI code
0165-5515(1999)25:4<275:AFMCMM>2.0.ZU;2-1
Abstract
Introduction: evidence-based medicine (EBM) requires clinicians to tackle p atient management by making more systematic use of databases like MEDLINE a nd using mow sophisticated search strategies, to optimise the retrieval elf relevant papers. Aim: to collect empirical data on genuine requests for information and sear ch strategies. Methods: collection of literature search requests for staff using computeri sed biomedical databases at the libraries in district general hospitals, te aching hospitals and a research unit; the 'intervention' of introducing a c ommon structured form explicitly asking about the patient/intervention/outc ome/comparison axis; comparison of the structured and unstructured forms fo r completion of these four components; coding of the requests, using a modi fied Scott Richardson classification. Results: the structured form promotes the use off components from the EBM a natomy and increases the total number of these in each search. Conclusion: building prompts, like an EBM anatomy, into request forms impro ves the precision of literature searching without impairing recall. For cli nical problems, rather than educational environments, the Scott Richardson classification needs modification.